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Saturday 18 April - The Elvetham

Rosie and Daniel

I met Rosie at the Bride Ascot wedding show last year and even then I could tell how excited she was about her wedding to Dan. They chose to get married at The Elvetham Hotel and with exclusive use, were able to make the most of each of the rooms for different elements of the day.

wedding venue

The girls were all in the bridal preparation room which is large enough that each of the five bridesmaids had their own makeup station. With everything happening in the one venue I could just flit (and occasionally run) between rooms making sure the details were captured.

bridesmaids dresses and shoes

bridesmaids taking a selfie

wedding dress and shoes

personalised hanger

As the groom and bestman are both called Dan I did end up resorting to numbering them to make sure I got the right one's attention. Also ... note to groom's... if you say hello to female guests by giving them a hug you end up with more of their makeup on your suit jacket than you would like. Baby wipes were called in to try and clean the worst of it off!

groomsmen

groom and buttonhole

groom and bestman

Back upstairs in the bridal changing room, final preparations were taking place. Maid of honour Laura did a great job in lacing up (makes a change from me having to do it) so everyone was ready well ahead of schedule allowing for some photos before the ceremony.

lacing up the dress

bride and bridesmaids

bride ready

bride on the staircase

Their ceremony was held in the Oak Room, in front of the impressive fireplace. Rather than having the chairs straight, they were angled so that guests could get a good view. I loved that the registrar gave me free reign to move around and even warned the guests that they were expected to be happy and smiley at all times.

ceremony

dad gives away bride

wedding ceremony

vows and kiss

signing the register

With such a gorgeous blue sky day, all the guests headed straight outside to throw confetti and partipate in the big group photo. Drinks and canapes were also served on the lawns and with 35 acres of grounds there's no shortage of places to photograph. However, apparently in winter the venue can arrange for guaranteed snow to fall outside - now that I'd love to see!

confetti

all guests

guest drinks

guest drinks

guest drinks

kiss the bride

bridal party jump

I could have spent ages trapsing the bride and groom around for photos but I like to try and keep it to short bursts so that it's not such an intense experience. Most guests don't realised you've gone for some time alone if it's only 15 minutes but I've heard of some photographers taking the couple off for over an hour.

bride and groom around the grounds

bride and groom with croquet

bride and groom sat on bench

bride and groom at gate

bride and groom walking

The wedding breakfast was held in the Library where the tables had a mix of high and low flower centrepieces. Each guest had a bag of homemade fudge with a wooden tag - aparently it was a family production line that ensured they were all finished on time. Whilst the bestman claimed to be really nervous about his speech - it was fantastic. Mind you he had plenty of funny photos of the groom that made for highly entertaining viewing!

wedding breakfast kiss

table set up and favours

bestman speech

laughing during speeches

The conservatory became the evening party area, complete with live band, LED dancefloor, sweet table and vintage style photobooth, plenty to keep everyone entertained until the early hours!

first dance

dancing

dancing

 
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